When it comes to the ultimate beach vacation in Costa Rica, Playas del Coco is one of the best places to do so. At first glance, the beach is not that impressive and what people don’t know is that right around the corner are stunning white sand beaches that you can have all to yourself.
The only way to enjoy these beaches is to go on a private boating tour in Playas del Coco since most of these beaches are boat access only. The Gulf of Papagayo is huge and there are so many hidden beaches that you can spend days exploring them all.
We’ve gone boating in Playas del Coco many times and in our experiences, our favorite memories have always been with our friend Marcy who owns a boating company in Coco.
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Marcy is a Costa Rican who has been living in Coco for over 20 years. He grew up Escazu but his outdoor loving parents took him to Guanacaste every holiday and school break.
20+ years ago, there weren’t the amount of tourists in Coco like there is now and they enjoyed the pure beach life. It was these childhood memories that made him move to the coast and go out in the ocean as much as possible.
Fast forward to today, Marcy now owns his own boat company in Coco. He surfs as much as he can, fishes when he gets a chance and takes people out on his boat so they can discover the tremendous beauty of the Gulf of Papagayo.
Playas del Coco Private Boat Tours
Marcy offers different types of boating tours. They are:
- Beach hopping and snorkeling
He runs private tours only so you will have the boat for your group only.
Gulf of Papagayo Boating Tours: Beach hopping and snorkeling
First of all, boating in the Gulf of Papagayo is incredible. Every time we go beach hopping with Marcy, we have an amazing time.
You can ask him to take you to the best spots or he will take you to the best beaches. A few of our favorites are Playa Penca, Huevo, Palmares, Junquillal and Jicaro.
In addition to beach hopping and snorkeling, you can see lots of wildlife. During certain times of the year, you can see whales, dolphins, turtles and manta rays.
He doesn’t run specific whale or dolphin tours but the rich waters of the Gulf offer many wildlife watching opportunities. We usually see dolphins and manta rays when we go boating in the Guf of Papagayo!
Watch our short snorkeling video to see what it’s like!
Marcy also has some extra toys he can bring for an additional charge.
He has a wakeboard and tube which are both really fun. The wakeboard is a bit harder if you’ve never done it before. Due to that reason, I recommend the tube if you want to have some extra fun. But both are perfect to add a bit more excitement to the trip.
He also has SUP boards and he can bring 1-2 boards. Similarly, SUP can be a bit hard if you have never done it before but the waves in the Gulf are very calm. You can ask Marcy to give you a SUP lesson.
Marcy is a surf addict and goes out to 2 of the best spots in the area: Ollie’s Point and Witch’s Rock. Both spots are suitable for intermediate to expert and he checks the tide every day to see what time is the best according to the level of his clients. Marcy has been surfing for most of his life and is one of the best locals to go with as he knows these two spots inside and out.
He can bring boards if you need rentals and he can give lessons. Ollie’s Point and Witch’s Rock are generally better for intermediate surfers however so if you have never gone surfing before, he can take you to Tamarindo to give lessons instead.
Lastly, Marcy does fishing tours, mostly in shore fishing along with jigging. The last couple times we went in shore fishing we caught a couple tuna!
Have an amazing time with Marcy
If you want to experience Playas del Coco with a local, check out Marcy’s Gulf of Papagayo boating tours. His boat is comfortable for up to 6 adults and his experience and knowledge of these waters is priceless. Most importantly, he is fully insured and is a licensed boat captain.
Above all, we love supporting local companies and businesses. When we were introduced to Marcy, we certainly knew that he was one Tico we had to share with our readers. Experience the real pura vida when you go out on the waters with an ocean loving Costa Rican. Trust me it’ll be a memorable day!
Watch our video below to meet Marcy!
Boating in Playas del Coco Tour Information
- A half day is from 8 AM – 12 PM. A full day is 8 AM – 4 PM. He can also do half day sunset tours from 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Surfing tours normally start at 6:30 AM.
- All tours include water, fruit and local beer.
- His boat can only hold up to 6 adults or a combined weight of 1130 lbs.
- The boat is 27 feet long and doesn’t have a bathroom.
- For fishing tours, he can only hold up to 4 adults.
- Children under 8 are not charged, over 8 are adult prices.
- His boat has snorkel equipment and life jackets of all sizes.
- He can pick up in Coco, Ocotal, Hermosa and Panama. Please check the form below for pick up charges in other locations.
- If you are in Tamarindo/Conchal, you will need to drive to Coco or we can arrange round trip transportation for you.
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